Tilse granted mid-season release from Raiders

Chris Wilson 4:12 PM   The Raiders will release Dane Tilse to join the UK Super League this month, but only after the veteran helps them ride through an injury crisis.

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Welcome relief for players

Bombers captain Jobe Watson flanked by teammates including Michael Hurley (left), Travis Colyer and Tom Bellchambers (right) leave after speaking to the media.

Mark Thompson 9:25 PM   Surprise. I have to admit that was my first reaction when I heard that the Essendon players had been found not guilty.

Caro reacts to ASADA defeat

Caroline Wilson says today's verdict is "fantastic" for the players.

7:43 PM   Caroline Wilson has shared her thoughts following the anti-doping tribunal's decision to clear the Essendon 34.

Austin pledges to take greater load

Mitch Cornish has been dumped to reserve grade.

Jon Tuxworth   Blake Austin has put the blowtorch on himself to accept more responsibility marshalling their misfiring attack, conceding he needs to take more pressure off rookie halfback Mitch Cornish.

Cherry-Evans frustrated to be dragged off 

Frustrated: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko 3:25 PM   Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans believes being forced from the field without a head knock is proof the NRL's concussion crackdown has gone too far and fears it could cost teams a vital victory.

Pocock on track for World Cup role: Cheika

Taking a stand: players such as David Pocock should be encouraged to speak out.

Chris Dutton 1:04 AM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time.

Vaea, Arnold re-sign with Brumbies

Ita Vaea will of the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton 11:30 AM   Ita Vaea will cap a remarkable comeback from life-threatening blood clots, while Rory Arnold will continue his meteoric rise in a double signing coup for the  ACT Brumbies on Wednesday. 

Form dictated call-up for Voges, Ahmed

Fawad Ahmed in action with the bat for Victoria.

Jesse Hogan   Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed demanded selection for winter tour through the dominance of this summer's Sheffield Shield runs and wickets tallies, Rod Marsh says.

Godolphin chase Blue Riband with Hauraki

Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes.

Chris Roots   After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become its first Australian bred top level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

Socceroos ready for road to Russia

Ange Postecoglou got what he wanted from the Socceroos' European swing.

Ange Postecoglou says Australia is ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers after recent friendlies in Europe.

League HQ

Eels lock in Hopoate on three-year deal - now for Beau Scott

Will Hopoate

Adrian Proszenko 7:12 PM   Will Hopoate is poised to extend his stay at Parramatta for a further three seasons in a huge boost ahead of the Easter Monday blockbuster against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

Rabbitohs forward Kyle Turner on track for amazing comeback from spinal surgery

Kytle Turner

Adrian Proszenko 6:56 PM   After copping five head knocks last year and then undergoing spinal surgery in the first game of this one, Kyle Turner had every reason to be pessimistic about his playing future.

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Rugby Heaven

Brumbies re-sign Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold, David Pocock returns to starting XV

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: David Pocock of the Brumbies talks to team mates during the round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on March 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 7:07 PM   The Cinderella stories of Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold continue with two-year extensions to their ACT Brumbies contracts, but their Super Rugby fairytales are temporarily on hold due to injury and the return of flanker David Pocock.

Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward 6:43 PM   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

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Cricket

Knee strain sidelines Starc for IPL start

On ice: Mitchell Starc.

12:24 PM   World Cup hero Mitchell Starc will reportedly miss the first three weeks of the Indian Premier League due to injury.

Nevill's blessings in disguise lead to tour spot

The upcoming Frank Worrell Trophy and Ashes tours will be Peter Nevill's first for the national team since 2012.

David Sygall 11:56 AM   While Australia's top wicketkeepers were playing slog-a-six in the Big Bash League over December and January, Peter Nevill kept his head down and worked on his long-form game.

AFL

Welcome relief for players

Bombers captain Jobe Watson flanked by teammates including Michael Hurley (left), Travis Colyer and Tom Bellchambers (right) leave after speaking to the media.

Mark Thompson 9:25 PM   Surprise. I have to admit that was my first reaction when I heard that the Essendon players had been found not guilty.

Bombers suddenly not so listless

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly 12:32 AM   Relief. Joy. Vindication. You could throw in another half-dozen descriptions of the emotions swirling around the Essendon Football Club and their playing list on Tuesday afternoon.

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Soccer

Olyroos cruise but Aurelio Vidmar knows Rio test still to come

Vidmar

Sebastian Hassett 1:37 PM   Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar admits his side "still has some work to do" to qualify for the 2016 Olympics despite cruising through their pre-qualification group.

England's Townsend earns late draw against Italy

Italy's Graziano Pelle celebrates his goal.

10:15 AM   England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday.

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ACT Sport

New golf series hits Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan fairways

Golf.

7:17 PM   The region will attract more than 80 PGA Australia professionals this month, with Canberra, Goulburn and Queanbeyan to host a pro-am series over nine days.

Track partners Dryden and Sweeney part ways

Kevin Sweeney spent 12 years working with trainer Keith Dryden.

David Polkinghorne 4:09 PM   After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

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Horse Racing

Lankan Rupee and Ready For Victory make Mick Price's day

Back for the TJ: Lankan Rupee

Chris Roots 6:43 PM   Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.

Clipperton and Boss remain focused on emergencies after wasting game

Life in the fast lane: Sam Clipperton.

Adam Pengilly 6:31 PM   They have been on the outside looking in to the Doncaster picture all week - and featherweight jockeys Sam Clipperton and Glen Boss are still preparing themselves to ride star three-year-olds not guaranteed a run despite confirmation their wasting won't be in vain.

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Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Raiders vs Rooster

The Canberra Raiders clash with the Sydney Rooster in Sydney in round four of the NRL

Mont 24 hour race

Pictures from the Month 24 hour mountain bike race, held at Kowen Forest.

Silver Foxes vs Australian Defence Force Old Boys

A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore.

ACT Water Polo Champions.

ACT first Grade men and women's teams. Nordek vs Vikings

Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.